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14 December 2017
MADA Talks: James Oliver – Spatial Justice: Structure not Event
Caulfield Campus, Building G, Room 1.04
27 Apr 2017 / 1.00pm to 2.00pm
MADA Talks: James Oliver – Spatial Justice: Structure not Event

Join us for a presentation by researcher and educator James Oliver – Spatial Justice: Structure not Event, creative practice and ethnographic sensibility

Thursday 27 April 2017, 1–2pm
Caulfield Campus
Building G, Room 1.04
Free entry, all welcome.

This presentation considers the potential of an ethnographic sensibility in our creative practices, including for addressing concepts such as ‘justice’ (climate, social, etc). Creative practitioners have frequently been engaged in the material worlds of social and structural problems within society; and with a growing international trend in ‘social practice’, there has been a return to forms of being ethnographic with creative practices—in method not just content. Here I bring together the material, social and structural to think of ‘spatial justice’. But what does spatial justice look like, sound like, feel like? Can a creative ethnographic sensibility help us imagine spatial justice alternatives?

James Oliver is a transdisciplinary researcher and educator with a particular interest in creative practice (as) research, where has worked across the arts and design to mentor and supervise graduate research. Before moving to Australia he worked on ethnographic research the Gaelic language, culture and identity, and also in participatory arts, including programming and policy at the former Scottish Arts Council. He maintains strong professional practice links with his native island (Skye) where he is involved in designing spaces and dialogue for creative exchanges on culture, including partnerships for extending similar work in Australia.

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